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“Gloria and I were just talking about the fact that both of us congratulated Jane when we read that she got arrested,” said artist Judy Chicago on Saturday night at Los Angeles’ Hammer Museum, where she was being honored at the annual Gala in the Garden, now in its 17th year. Gloria Steinem, that is. The two feminist icons and longtime friends were cheering on Jane Fonda from afar, said Chicago, after news broke that the actress was put in handcuffs on Friday and charged with unlawful demonstration during a climate change protest outside the U.S. Capitol. “God bless her,”…

Bikem Ekberzade’s Standing Rock: Greed, Oil and the Lakota’s Struggle for Justice tells the moving story of Native American protesters during the 2017 conflict surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), and dives into condemning detail of the US federal government’s treatment of the tribes both during the protests and historically—injustices which strongly influence Native American culture and issues to this day. Ekberzade brings new light to these cumulative and continuous transgressions with detailed personal accounts of colonial persecution across centuries, allowing untold insight into the emotions and motivations of the Native tribes and non-Native environmentalists that joined together in protest of the…

LGBTQ military nonprofits OutServe-SLDN and the American Military Partner Association are merging to form the Modern Military Association of America, which will be the nation’s largest organization dedicated to education, advocacy, and support for LGBTQ service members, military spouses, veterans, family members, and allies. They announced the merger Saturday night at the AMPA national gala at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. “We’re really excited to bring the two powerhouses together,” OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Andy Blevins, who will be executive director of the new organization, tells The Advocate. All staff members of both groups will stay on, while the two boards of directors will merge.…

Looking for something new to read? We’ve got you covered. Here are our picks for the best environmentally themed books of May 2019 — and it’s quite a collection, with 13 new titles about a pioneering conservationist, the history of water woes in California, the dirty legacy (and future) of coal and even the psychology of climate change. Check out May’s baker’s dozen below. Wildlife and Endangered Species: Supernavigators: The Astounding New Science of How Animals Find Their Way by David Barrie — Navigate your way to your local bookstore and pick up this fantastic book, which covers everything from…

ormer President Barack Obama touched on growing divisions within his own party, warning against pushes for ideological purity that can result in a “circular firing squad” in a town hall organized by the Obama Foundation in Berlin on Saturday. While taking audience questions about the frustration that comes with lack of change, Obama expressed concern about a lack of compromise in Washington, and said he specifically worries progressive politicians could be alienating potential allies. https://youtu.be/djYaJtyd3ms “One of the things I do worry about sometimes among progressives in the United States — maybe it’s true here as well — is a…

What does it mean to fight white supremacy today? After centuries of trying, those of us actively committed to doing so know that grand gestures are well outnumbered by daily acts expressed in myriad ways with varying levels of visibility. This is the message of How We Fight White Supremacy, a new African American anthology by writer-activists (and former contributors to The Root) Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin, released today, March 25, by Bold Type Books. If the title sounds lofty, the intent isn’t. Less a directive than a recognition of our collective power, the anthology includes the writing, perspectives…

The struggles of being a woman were discussed on Tuesday evening at the fifth annual Social Justice & Education Conference. The She Was Warned: The Legalities of Being event was the first at this year’s Social Justice conference. It was the third year this specific event has been hosted. Seven women in the San Diego community spoke about navigating their lives and the legal issues that affected them by being who they are, a woman. Isabel Vasquez-Hunt endured sexual harassment at the hands of her boss. With the strength of other woman harassed, a lawsuit was filed and Vasquez-Hunt was…

We have written at length about the so-called “Southern Poverty Law Center,” which has nothing to do with the South, poverty, or the law. The SPLC was founded by a marketer and self-promoter, Morris Dees, who perfected the Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton race-bait shakedown model for extorting money from corporations. Despite his social-justice-crusader cape, his former law partner, Millard Fuller, said of their years in business: “Morris and I shared the overriding purpose of making a pile of money. We were not particular about how we did it; we just wanted to be independently rich.” The examples of how “not particular” they were…

Hundreds of community activists, some representing over 20 local and grassroots groups from all over the North Shore, will gather on March 23rd at Salem State University’s Veterans Hall for the 2019 Activism & Social Justice Forum on the North Shore. “Activists from Salem, Lynn, Marblehead, Swampscott, Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, Mansfield, Gloucester and Cape Ann will be connecting, socializing, and sharing strategies,” said Sue Kirby of Together North Shore. “Our objective is to build a stronger, more unified progressive movement on Boston’s North Shore. It’s exciting to see the burst of new energy directed towards issues related to social justice…

Why is it so hard for white people to talk about racism? It is a question posed by the white academic Robin DiAngelo, whose book White Fragility has now spent seven months hovering at the top end of the New York Times bestseller list and has just been published in the UK. “The problem with white people,” she says, “is that they just don’t listen. In my experience, day in and day out, most white people are absolutely not receptive to finding out their impact on other people. There is a refusal to know or see, or to listen or…

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